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Dozens of cars catch fire at Rowan County salvage yard

Thick smoke can be seen for miles and officials say to avoid the area.
Thick smoke could be seen for miles.
Published: Jun. 21, 2022 at 5:37 PM EDT
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CHINA GROVE, N.C. (WBTV) - More than 100 firefighters from three counties battled a large fire at a salvage yard in Rowan County.

The fire was reported at C & D Garage and Salvage Inc in China Grove on Lentz Road. The fire was first reported at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Several cars were burning and firefighters from Rowan, Iredell, and Cabarrus County were on scene. Thick smoke could be seen for miles and officials say to avoid the area.

“I believe right now we’ve probably got close to 150 firefighters, and that’s responding either to location, back filling locations within the county or supplying other resources,” said Allen Cress of Rowan County Emergency Services.

A helicopter from the North Carolina Forestry Service was used to drop water directly onto the burning cars.

“We had a bunch of cars to catch on fire, probably close to 50 or 60,” Cress said.

Cress said that no injuries had been reported. The Rowan County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.

In a social media post, the Bostian Heights Fire Department thanked all the departments and the approximately 100 personnel that responded. The agencies that either responded to the scene or assisted with district coverage included Atwell FD, China Grove FD, China Grove Police Dept, Churchland FD, Cleveland FD, Coldwater FD, Concord FD, East Spencer FD, Ellis FD, Enochville FD, Faith FD, Franklin FD, Gold Hill FD, Kannapolis FD, Landis FD, Liberty FD, Locke FD, NC Foresty Service, Millers Ferry FD, Mooresville FD, Mt. Mitchell FD, Red Cross, Rockwell City FD, Rockwell Rural FD Rowan County Emergency Management, Rowan County Emergency Medical Service, Rowan County Fire Services Division, Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, Rowan Iredell FD, Salisbury FD, Scotch Irish FD, South Iredell FD, South Salisbury FD, Spencer FD, Union FD, West Rowan FD, Woodleaf FD, and any other agencies that assisted.

The post also offered “a tremendous thank you to Rowan County 911 for handling all of the 911 calls along with the massive amount of radio traffic and to the staff at C&D Salvage that assisted.”

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